Christin Cicippio-Smith, Center Director
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Welcome to the East Norrition KinderCare! We opened our doors in February 2006 and have been growing ever since. We have 10 classrooms and a large multi-purpose gym space. Our dedicated and passionate teachers have many years in the early childhood field and truly love what they do. We look forward to meeting with you to meet your child's individual needs.
Christin Cicippio-Smith, Center Director
Many of our child care centers are accredited by national organizations that require us to meet rigorous early childhood education standards and guidelines for high-quality care and education. Programs that are accredited have demonstrated their commitment to go beyond the state’s minimum licensing requirements to meet and maintain these high standards of quality.
Babies grow and learn every day. Our goal is to provide a safe and nurturing "home away from home" where babies can explore and make new discoveries. We know that learning through play is extremely valuable at this age and our Early Foundations® Infant program is designed to give babies the skills that will serve as the building blocks for a lifetime of learning.
As toddlers develop friendships, self-esteem, and curiosity, our Early Foundations® Toddler program will help them explore their world in a safe and nurturing environment. Our unique curriculum is based on the philosophy that children learn best through experiences. So each day is filled with fun activities that excite and develop toddlers, giving them the comfort and confidence to speak those first few important words, as well as make their first friends.
At this age, children are making new discoveries daily. And as two-year olds begin to exert their independence, our Early Foundations® Discovery Preschool program is prepared to open their eyes to a world of learning, sharing, and exploring. Our holistic approach in the classroom engages young minds with a blend of music, art, and movement, as well as the early education fundamentals they'll need as they continue on to preschool.
As preschoolers gain more self-esteem, they may feel ready to take on the world. Our Early Foundations® Preschool program enhances that confidence by providing activities to help children become problem solvers and lifelong learners. Through independent exploration, structured activities, and hands-on learning, children will work on early literacy, math, science, and social studies concepts. A healthy dose of running, jumping, and dancing keeps them active too.
Prekindergartners are preparing for the adventure of a lifetime – school. And our Early Foundations Prekindergarten® program is designed to get them ready by teaching letters and words, math concepts, and valuable social skills. With small group instruction, independent play in an organized atmosphere, and whole-group activities, children will have all the right skills to hop, skip, and jump right into kindergarten.
Even after school's out for the day, children need to be engaged in a comfortable, yet stimulating environment. That's where our Catch the Wave® program comes in. This innovative before – and after-school program allows school-age children to balance learning and fun through a variety of experiences. From homework help to fun physical activities, our program is designed so that everyone goes home happy.
A full-day interactive Kindergarten program that utilizes new curriculum with an interactive smart board making first grade readiness a priority.
Don’t miss out on KinderCare’s Summer of Wonder: Six themed programs that will make summer exciting, educational and tons of fun. Whether your child is in our preschool, Pre-K or school-age programs, all of it is designed to help children learn while soaking up the fun. We offer flexible scheduling options to meet the needs of busy families like yours so we hope to see you there.
KinderCare has partnered with Child Care Aware® of America in an effort to offer fee assistance for Active Duty military families and solutions to their child care needs when care at a Child Development Center on the installation is not available.
The Cooking Adventures program gives children opportunities to participate in fun, developmentally appropriate cooking experiences. They will learn about recipes, ingredients, cooking vocabulary, and the importance of a healthy diet. The curriculum includes lessons on picnics, pizza, and heart-healthy meals.
The Math Adventures enrichment program is designed to teach important mathematics concepts such as geometry, numbers, measurement, and probability. Your child will learn about length, height, and weight. He will learn about shapes and solids. He will learn how to add, subtract, multiply, and count money. Math is everywhere and giving your child every advantage now will add up to success later in life.
Ongoing research proves that early exposure to music helps children think, reason, create, and express themselves. Children will laugh and learn about rhythm, vocal melodies, and a variety of musical genres and instruments, which can lower stress and advance memory. Learning never sounded so good.
Set your child up for advanced success with literacy through phonics, the study of letters and sounds. Reader books, games, and activity cards help your child understand the basics of vowels and blending syllables, giving him confidence and command of language.
Children 6 weeks to 3 years old: Light and Dark, plus the Sky and Weather
Through shadow play, experiments with flashlights, observing the Sun and more, infants and toddlers will enjoy learning about light and dark this month. Infants continue sensory development by looking at contrasting patterns and at objects that are clearly defined by sharp edges and bright colors, while toddlers will build on their understanding of the light and dark concepts with play around daytime and nighttime. The older Discovery Preschool children will turn their attention to the sky as they learn about weather, the Moon, the Sun, and stars.
Children 4–5 years old: Transportation, Healthy Bodies, and Winter
For children in the Preschool and Kindergarten classrooms, January is filled with variety! They’ll begin by learning about transportation and studying how things get from “here” to “there.” A few weeks later, the focus will shift to health and bodies, with an emphasis placed on how to make good choices for a growing body. Towards the end of the month, children will be introduced to the transformative nature of the winter season and learn how to dress and take care of themselves when it’s cold outside.
Our staff members are highly qualified individuals who are passionate about Early Childhood Education. Their education ranges from Child Development Associate's Credentials through Master's Degrees in Education. We maintain 20-25 teachers on staff. We have two teachers on staff who were born and raised in Italy. They love to sing to the children in Italian. Our staff members care about their students as well as each other. You will find a very family oriented atmosphere among the staff here at the East Norriton KinderCare.
I look forward to the opportunity to help build your child's educational foundation.
Christin Cicippio-Smith has been at the East Norriton center since April 2008. Prior to coming to the East Norriton center she worked at the Blue Bell location for six years. Christin obtained her Bachelors in Elementary Education from West Chester University.
I enjoy working with children because of the excitement I get watching them learn something new everyday!
Katherine started working at a childcare center as the school age teacher. In June of 2007 Katherine decided to join the KinderCare team. She spent a little over a year at the North Wales center as the Toddler teacher until she was promoted to Assistant Director of the Lansdale center. She came to East Norriton as the Assistant Director in August of 2015.
Ms. Rosa was born and raised in Sicily, Italy. She loves teaching young children and thrives on their achievements no matter how big or small. Her love of teaching young children and her desire to learn lead her to KinderCare in 2007. Ms. Rosa adores the babies in our nursery and you will often catch her singing sweet lullabies to them in Italian.
Ms. Vicki has her Masters in Education from Gwynedd Mercy and her Bachelors in Child Psychology from Michigan State University. Ms. Vicki has a special touch with first time parents and has a wonderful calming way of integrating them into our KinderCare Family. She has three grown children of her own, two sons and a daughter and well as a grandson. Ms. Vicki enjoys scrapbooking and photography. Having attended MSU she is also a big college football fan. Go Spartans!
I love seeing the children's smiling faces each and every day!
Ms. Katie started working with KinderCare in 2003 at our Norristown location. She transferred to East Norriton in 2011 and has spent most of her career with toddlers. She loves watching the children reach new milestones and seeing how happy and proud it makes them.
I love seeing the children's smiling faces and seeing them learn and grow as they master new skills.
Ms. Felicia has worked at KinderCare since March of 2015 with the toddlers. Felicia went to school for baking and pastry arts and psychology before fining her love of education! She enjoys doing art with the toddlers, especially anything with paint! Ms. Felicia loves watching the children play and grow together, and seeing them learn to interact with one another.
The whole purpose of education is to turn mirrors into windows.
Ms. Alexa discovered a love of education through happenstance by coaching children's figure skating in 2012. She began coaching the Learn to Skate programs in Lancaster and then expanded to coaching the Special Olympics in York, developing individual programs for skaters to meet their needs. It was then that she knew she had to get involved in teaching. After much research, she wanted to be a part of company that truly makes a difference in the lives of others, so she chose KinderCare. Alexa started at the Carlisle/ York KinderCare as a floater. In the summer of 2014, Alexa moved closer to Philadelphia and began teaching toddlers at the Exton location. In August of 2015, Alexa completed her Child Development Associate for Infants and Toddlers. In September, she was fortunate enough to join the East Norriton KinderCare as a toddler teacher. Alexa loves working with the toddlers every day and wants to encourage, teach, support, and help them discover a love of learning that will impact their lives forever!
I love this line of work knowing that I could potentially make a difference in a child's life, even in the smallest way.
Ms. Theresa has only been at this center for a short time but does not lack experience. She holds a Bachelor's Degree in Early Childhood Education with many years of experience, including teaching kindergarten. Ms. Theresa also has 3 children of her own, ages 10, 7, and 5. The opportunity to have the "light bulb" moment is what drives Ms. Theresa to come to work each and every day. She also strives to provide the children the best environment for learning and playing safely so they can reach their highest potential!
Ms. Sonia was born and raised in Italy. She is diligent in enriching the lives of her students along with her own professional development. She strives to do her best each and every day. Ms. Sonia treats each and every child as if they were her own. She enjoys reading, traveling, and spending time with her family.
I love seeing the children accomplish something new everyday!
Ms. Siobhan has been working at the East Norriton KinderCare since September of 2008. She has her Associates in Early Childhood Education from Delaware Technical Community College. Siobhan loves coming to work each day thinking of fun and exciting ways to enrich her classroom!
Ms. Erica has her Masters in Education from Rutgers University. Ms. Erica works hard to bring "life" to the lessons that she is teaching and to bring out her students highest potential. She has a special gift working with all children but in particular those with special needs. She holds her teaching certificate in the state of New Jersey and will soon have dual certification in the state of Pennsylvania. She enjoys spending time with family, especially her neices and nephew.
Ms. Sam has actually been with KinderCare her entire life. She attended KinderCare in Illinois as a child and found it only natural to end up back at KinderCare as a teacher. Ms. Sam has always had a strong interest in working with children and loves to watch them learn and grow. It is a delight to see her excitement over her students' achievements.
Children 6 weeks to 3 years old: Family, Friends, and Things that Go!
Infants and toddlers will be exploring family and friends, while three-year-olds will focus on things that go vroom! Social and emotional development is foundational to growth and development in babies, so this month, infants and toddlers will participate in activities that reinforce their connection to family while also exploring connections that exist outside their home, such as friends. Meanwhile, their older friends in Discovery Preschool will learn about and play around with things that move (like bicycles, cars, buses, trains, and airplanes), which are all very exciting for little ones as they continue to explore the world outside their homes.
Children 4–5 years old: My Country + Tools and Machines
The four- and five-year-olds continue exploring the world around them by learning about the state and country they live in! They’ll sings songs, play games based on travel, and learn about flags, state foods, and more. Children will also be introduced to cardinal directions (east, west, north, and south) and gain an appreciation for travel and meeting new friends from different places.
Children are naturally fascinated with machines and how things work and are put together. So to encourage that fascination, during the second half of this month children will learn about and play around with tools and machines. In addition to building literacy skills by using the names of machines and tools, children will develop math skills by graphing information, counting wheels, and more.
Our staff would like to welcome you to visit our center. The staff takes pride in keeping up to date with the latest trends in Early Childhood Education. Ongoing training is offered to the staff during the year at the center and through the various training opportunities in the community.
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Our center has two keypad entries; one to get into the lobby of the building and another to get into the children's area. We also have two fenced in playground areas as well as an indoor gross motor room.
Our staff would like to welcome you to visit our center. The staff takes pride in keeping up to date with the latest trends in Early Childhood Education. Ongoing training is offered to the staff during the year at the center and though the various training opportunities in the community.
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